THURROCK MP, Jackie Doyle-Price rose on the floor of the House of Commons to question the Health Minister on Covid-19.
Ms Doyle-Price said: My right hon. Friend told the House that these measures are about the increase in infection among the over-60s, who are more vulnerable to this dreadful disease.
“What assessment has he made of whether that infection is being spread in the community, as opposed to care settings?
If it is in the community, what messages should we give to the rest of the community about the need to make sure that they protect their loved ones?
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matthew Hancock said: “I think there is a duty for all of us to send messages to the communities that we serve that people need to take personal responsibility to try to reduce the spread of the virus.
“There have recently been some cases in care homes, but far fewer, and it seems that the actions that we have taken and the very hard work of the care home sector over the summer—the staff who work in care homes—has reduced transmission.
“In most care homes there are more staff than residents, and they live in the community, so it is almost impossible to stop any infection getting into all care homes when the level of infection in the community rises.
Having said that, the core of this second peak is in the community, where every single one of us can act to take more responsibility to help to slow the spread of the virus.